Eifert to have back surgery, out for rest of season


Yesterday, Eifert was in Los Angeles to go over his options as he weighed surgery, and ultimately he opted for it.

The Bengals tight end will undergo season-ending back surgery after consulting with noted spine specialist Dr. Robert Watkins, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported, according to a source informed of the decision.

Eifert (back) has been placed on IR by the Bengals.

Prior to the start of the '17 campaign, Eifert had played in 37 of 64 possible regular season games after struggling with various injuries.

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The 27-year-old Eifert was selected to the Pro Bowl after reeling in 13 touchdown passes during the 2015 season.

He has been sidelined by injuries for much of his career, playing in just two games this season.

When healthy, Eifert can be a solid receiver, especially inside the red zone.

Tyler Kroft has stepped up in Eifert's absence with 14 receptions for 139 yards and two touchdowns.